Here’s What’s Happening at St. Peter’s


Holy Day of

All Saints Day
Holy Day of Obligation

Monday, October 31
7:30 PM

Tuesday, November 1
8:00 and 11:30 a.m.

Rectory: Closed


Prayer Opportunity
Every Thursday Evening

Looking for a different way to pray? Join us every Thursday at 7:30 PM in the Chapel to pray Evening Prayer and break open the Sunday Gospel. All are welcome!! If you have any questions, please contact Deacon Ed Bowen at or leave a message at the Rectory. Materials will be provided.


Year of Mercy Pilgrimage
to the Cathedral Basilica

Join us for the
St. Peter the Apostle Parish
Jubilee of Mercy Pilgrimage To
The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Sunday, November 6, 2016
10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Pope Francis has granted a Special Jubilee of Mercy Grace to pilgrims who pass through the Cathedral’s Jubilee Door.

A Plenary indulgence of the temporal punishment due to sins already forgiven is granted to pilgrims who:

– Pray at the Door
– Attend Mass
– Receive Holy Communion

St. Peter’s Pilgrims will attend the Noon Mass with the Cathedral Choir and go on a tour of the magnificent Cathedral Basilica.

Transportation and Admission is Free.

The bus will leave the St. Peter parking lot at 10:15 a.m. and will return at 3:30 p.m.


More Info:
What is a Jubilee Year?
Pilgrimage by Pope Francis
What is a Plenary Indulgence?





New Ministry Forming:
Visiting the Imprisoned

Visiting the Imprisoned!
English and Spanish Speakers Wanted!!!!

Save the Date:
Tuesday, November 15
7:30 PM Parish Center

The reality is that very few of us will ever be able to visit imprisoned criminals.But we can fulfill this corporal work of mercy! On Tuesday, November 15, Sally Pillay, Program Director for First Friends, will describe 2 new and doable ways for volunteers to support the undocumented immigrant detainees (who are not criminals) being held in the Elizabeth Detention Center and the Hudson and Bergen County Jails.

Briefly, the two opportunities are:
(1) become a pen pal – correspond in a private and safe way with a detainee to help improve the morale of people who often are or feel forgotten by the outside
(2) become part of a phone team in your own home at hours convenient to you – relay detainee information to First friends when direct visitors are requested.

It’s easy; it’s a time limited act of mercy.  Your own identity is protected. Both opportunities need English and Spanish speakers.

For further information or to register contact: or


Handling Holiday Grief:
An Evening of Support

Handling Holiday Grief:
An Evening of Support
and Remembrance

Monday, November 14th
at 1:00pm in the Chapel
Wednesday, November 16th
at 7:30 pm in the Chapel

Choose the  date and time that works best for you

For those who are grieving the loss of a loved one, particularly in the first year or two, the coming holidays may seem unbearable. Family gatherings and all that goes with the “season of joy” intensify the sadness and longing for an absent loved one.

You are invited to join us as we share thoughts and ideas for getting through this difficult time. If you have any questions, contact Chris Black at or Donna Grotheer at or call 201-261-3366.

A response to this invitation is not required.


Are You Being Called?

Please consider serving St. Peter the Apostle Church as an usher. We need you; your parish needs you! This ministry is open to all women, men, and young adults and you will be able to minister at the Mass that you regularly attend. Perhaps, consider serving as a family. Please contact Deacon Paul at or leave a message at the Rectory (201-261-3366). Also, Deacon Paul will be in the Gathering Space after all masses the weekend of October 29/30, 2016 to answer any questions that you may have. Training will be provided.


Stamp Out Despair

Almost within sight of the Statue of Liberty, there are over 2000 undocumented immigrants languishing in “detention” in Elizabeth and in our county jails, including the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack.  Because they have no rights of due process, they are isolated and confined for indeterminate periods of time with severely restricted access to the outside world. Pope Francis has urged us to see immigrants not as numbers but as fellow human beings with faces and feelings like our own.

A major concern for these detainees is to have contact with family and friends. For many of them, such access is denied simply because they have no money to purchase stationery, stamped envelope or phone cards.

♦ First Class Forever postal stamps  (a dire need)
♦ New large and small (#8 & #10) envelopes
♦ Phone cards for detainees -$28.75 each (check to First Friends)
♦ Monetary donations
♦ Lined 8 1/2 X 11 lined paper
♦ New blank two-pocket folders

You may bring any of these items to the Gathering Space through Wednesday the 26th.



St. Peter’s Quilter’s Sale
After All Masses

The St. Peter’s Quilters will be selling quilts and other items the weekend of October 29/30 after all masses.

Most of the quilts lovingly made by this ministry are donated to Covenant House. The sale of the remaining quilts help buy the supplies to continue the good work of this ministry. Your support is greatly appreciated!


All Souls Day Mass
of Remembrance

All Souls Day Mass of Remembrance Wednesday, November 2 7:30 PM Mass

Our Catholic tradition is rich in its belief that our loved ones who have died are not removed from our care.  By prayer we accompany them and assist them in their final journey to the Kingdom of God. On All Souls Day, we remember all those who have died.

On Wednesday, November 2nd, at 7:30pm, a Mass will be celebrated to remember our deceased family and friends. In a candle-lighting ceremony, the names of all the deceased who have had funerals in the parish in the last year will be remembered.  

If you had a family member die in the last year who was not buried from St. Peter’s and you will be present for the Mass, please call the rectory at 201-261-3366 or email the name to Your loved one’s name will be read and someone in your family will receive a candle in remembrance.

Located near the Baptismal Font you will find The Book of the Names of the Dead which   already contains the names of those who have died and were buried from St. Peter’s. We   invite you to enter the names of your deceased loved ones who will be prayed for during the month of November, the month of All Souls.

All Souls Day envelopes are in your envelope packets and are also available in the Gathering Space. The names you place on these envelopes will be prayed for at all the Masses on All Souls Day as part of a novena of nine Masses in November that begin on November 3. Please place your envelopes in the basket located in the Gathering Space or bring them to the rectory.


Evening of Peace
and Friendship

Find some peace in your busy life…

Come and celebrate Scripture and each other in our St. Peter’s community.

Evenings of Peace & Friendship  are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month all year long and are  open to all St. Peter’s parishioners & friends.

We start promptly at 7:30pm and end by 9:00pm. 

We’ll read the upcoming Sunday Scripture, reflect on what it says and how it fits into our world today.  Then spend some time discussing, hearing a Reflection.  Afterwards, all are invited to stay and mingle over Wine/Beer/Cheese/Dessert.

You can come as often you wish…
There’s no-commitment and nothing to join.

All we ask is that you would please RSVP and let us know you are coming so we can prepare.  Use the handy form below or E-mail us directly at:

Next gathering
WEDNESDAY, November 9
7:30-9:00 in the Parish Center



A Peaceful Escape Article found in The Networker by Annmarie Rudis

When you think of a peaceful escape, where are you?  Are you at the beach?  Who are you with?  Are you alone?  Personally, I’ve never sought out peace before I became a stay at home mom with 3 children.  I always wanted to be surrounded by friends and fun.  Now, I long for moments of solitude and quiet.  We are all so busy!  The phone is always making noise and everyone is always yelling and rushing.

When I was a child in Catholic school, the priests and nuns always pointed out how many hours we spend doing things.  They asked us, “Can’t we give God 1 hour per week?”  Mass is a peaceful escape.  I love the music, the sense of community and the quiet.  Well, I used to until I started bringing the children.  Now, I’m constantly shushing and watching them.  Luckily, St. Peter’s has recognized the need for more peace in our lives.

The Small Christian Community Core committee began hosting “An evening of Peace & Friendship” (on the 2nd Tuesday of each month).  The evening begins with a harp player.  Can you think of anything more relaxing?  Then, the gospel is read and you can listen to it in peace!  No one is bothering you!  After that, there is time to reflect on what it says and how it fits into our world today.  Finally, there are refreshments (this time was wine and cheese) and time set aside to enjoy with fellow parishioners.

Mother Teresa said, “We need to find God, and He cannot be found in the noise and restlessness.  God is the friend of silence; see how nature… trees, flowers, grass grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…. We need silence to be able to touch souls.”  This is truly an opportunity to do just that.  Although it’s not set in nature, it is a haven for parishioners to spend time in Spiritual reflection, an opportunity for parish acquaintances to become friends, a place for ministries to network, and an occasion for God to come into our lives.  It’s definitely worth checking out.  I hope to see you at the next “Evening of Peace & Friendship”!


Adult Altar Serving:
Are You Being Called?

Interested in participating at the altar serving Jesus? If you think you are being called to serve at the 11:00 AM Sunday Mass, please contact Deacon Paul at or leave a message at the Rectory. Training will be provided and scheduling is done on a rotating basis.


St. Peter’s Singles Support
Group – New Trips

Check the St. Peter’s Single Support Group website for details on upcoming trips including Italy and Washington DC.

Check their website: for all details.

Call Kathy Marshall at 973-246-6148 or contact her at for reservations.

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Mass Schedule

On the Lord’s Day
5:30 PM

8:00, 9:30 and11:00 AM, 12:30 PM

A Senior Citizen Bus
runs for the 11:00 AM Mass

Monday to Friday:
8:00 and 11:30 AM

Saturday Morning:
9:00 AM

Holy Days of Obligation
7:30 PM Vigil (evening before)
8:00 and 11:30 AM
on Holy Day

Sacrament of

11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon


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Statue of Mary

Praying with Mary (Cover Letter)

Two statues are available every week through the end of 2016.  Pick up a statue at the rectory on Sunday (between 9:00 and 12:00) to pray with Mary throughout the week, and return it the following Sunday.






St. Peter's Youth Group

Sunday, September 11th 7pm – 9pm: Youth Group Meeting, Discussion on “Religious Freedom”

Thursday, September 15th 7:30pm – 8:30pm: JoyJ Initiative Information Meeting

Saturday, September 17th 8:45am – 1:45pm: JoyJ Initiative NYC Outreach

Sunday, September 25th: Parish Carnival, No YG

St. Peter's Singles Support Group

St. Peter’s Support Group for Separated, Divorced, Single and Widowed Adults
1st and 3rd Thursdays / month
7:30 PM
St. Peter Academy Meeting Room

All are welcome!

In addition to meetings and giving support when needed, we also travel both locally and internationally and socialize with activities during the week and weekends.
For more information and upcoming events, visit:

St. Peter's MOMS Group

MOMS Group
Weekly on Thursdays
September to June
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Casazza Center (in the Rectory)

All are welcome!

Outside St. Peter’s

Sept 28 - Nov 6: **40 Days for Life**

40 Days For Life is a community based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion through prayer, fasting, and standing in a constant vigil outside the places where abortions are performed. Join the over 700,000 volunteers in over 636 cities and 36 nations across the world participating in 40 Days for Life.

Please consider giving one hour a week from September 28th to November 6th (on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) to stand in a peaceful, prayer vigil across from an abortion facility.  In Hackensack at The Women’s Choice, 10 Zabriskie St., join pro-life prayers from 7:00am to 7:00pm.

To Sign Up:  contact Margaret Scully at 201-805-0937 or – Hackensack Schedule:  Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 7AM to 2PM at 10 Zabriskie Street.

Bergen Goes to Broadway

Our Bergen Goes to Broadway series will continue its exciting 2016/2017 season with the opportunity to attend the following outstanding Broadway productions! Because of the popularity and the high demand for tickets to these performances, the due dates for payment are already upon us. Please join us for all performances or choose those that are most appealing to you. Tickets are limited and are open to the entire Bergen Catholic community. Checks should be made out to Bergen Catholic and sent to the attention of Barbara Peraino. Please indicate what show/shows your check should be applied to and an email address, should we need to contact you. We hope you will take advantage of these opportunities!


After eleven years on Broadway, the iconic production of Jersey Boys will celebrate its final curtain call on January 15th, 2017. We have tickets available for the Thursday evening performance on January 12th at 7:00 pm. We will have a fantastic dinner at the one and only Tony DiNapoli and transportation to and from Bergen Catholic is included in the $110 cost of the trip.(bus will leave Bergen at 3:15pm)



This new contemporary musical stars Ben Platt of ‘Pitch Perfect’ fame as a depressed high-schooler caught up in a lie that acquires a life of its own in the social media bubble.

According to the official website, the synopsis reads “All his life Evan Hansen has felt invisible. To his peers, to the girl he loves, sometimes even to his own mother. But that was before he wrote the letter – that led to the incident – that started the lie – that ignited a movement – that inspired a community – and changed Evan’s status from the ultimate outsider into the somebody everyone wants to know. But how long can Evan keep his secret? And at what price?”[

The cost of this show is $66.00 and will cover the ticket and the bus to and from NYC. The bus will leave Bergen at 4:15. Feel free to bring something to eat on the bus or to grab a quick bite when we get into the city.



The much anticipated revival of Hello Dolly, starring Bette Midler has already broken box office ticket sales. We have secured a limited number of tickets for the 8:00 pm performance on Tuesday, April 4th at the Shubert Theater. Tickets for this show are in great demand and the due date for payment is almost upon us. If interested, DON`T HESITATE!  We will have a fantastic dinner at the one and only Tony DiNapoli and transportation to and from Bergen Catholic is included in the $135 cost of the trip.(bus will leave Bergen at 3:45pm)


Catholic H.S. Open House Schedule









St. Vincent Academy
Newark, NJ

Are you interested in your daughter attending a college preparatory school? Look no further than Saint Vincent Academy. Located in Newark, NJ, our girls step into a rigorous academic program, while holding strong values of sisterhood and service. Come and see for yourself! Our open house dates this Fall are:
Wednesday, October 12th from 6-8 pm
Tuesday, October 18th from 6-8 pm
Sunday November 6th from 2-4 pm

For additional information visit our website at, or contact us at (973) 622-1613. We hope to see you soon!











LIONS Needed!

The River Edge Lions Club is in need of some new members due to a recent drop in enrollment (retirement, relocation, other obligations).  The Club does much to help the visually impaired, families in need, schools, scouts, recreation, and other community organizations as well as national and international causes.  “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.”  Please join in helping others.  The Lions meet at the River Edge Diner on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of September through June.  Please call Lorraine or Mike Blake at 201-967-1289 for more information.

Bergen Volunteers Needed

The Bergen Volunteer Center turns caring into meaningful action by engaging volunteers to meet community needs. We can provide your members with information about a multitude of choices for a rewarding volunteer experience.  Individual volunteer opportunities, group projects, family-friendly volunteering, student or school volunteer ideas—The Volunteer Center can help in choosing an activity that is a good match for a person’s talents, interests and availability. Our website ( lists hundreds of volunteer opportunities in and around Bergen County.


Oct. 14-16: Gennesaret Retreat

Gennesaret Retreat for those who live with life changing illness

Have you ever wanted to make a retreat but have been unable because of illness or disability? Consider the Gennesaret Retreat held at the Archdiocesan Retreat Center in Kearney, NJ, to be held on October 14-16, 2016. There is no cost to you for the Retreat. For further information, call:

Hilare Reinold: 732-566-7237
Maire Merritt: 908-290-9248
Peggy Walsh: 908-499-7667
Linda Capobianco: 732-608-7277

Benedictine Sisters Retreats Schedule

The Benedictine Sisters invite alumnae to Benedictine Academy Alumnae Retreat at the Monastery on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

Cost: $30 includes lunch. To register contact: Barbara Arminio La Mort ’67 908-987-0048,

Benedictine Center of St Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ offers “Laudato Si” October 29, 9AM-3:30 PM.

All are invited to join us in reflecting on major themes of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si to find practical ways to care for the earth. $35 for the day, lunch included. Women are invited to spend the weekend, October 28-30. $135. For information and registration contact Sr Marita, 908-353-3028,

Benedictine Center of St Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ invites all to “Lord Teach Us to Pray,” November 26, 9AM-3:30 PM.

Jesus responded to this request by teaching the Our Father. What can this beautiful prayer reveal to us about our own prayer? how have Christians prayed through the centuries? $35 for the day, lunch included. Women are invited to spend the weekend, November 25-27. $135. For information and registration contact Sr Marita, 908-353-3028;

Benedictine Center of St Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ invites all to “Gospel Images of Mary” an Advent Retreat, December 17, 9AM-3:30 PM.

Artists have portrayer Mary in many ways. Let us go to the Gospel source to look more closely at Mary who kept all things in her heart and was blessed because she believed. $35 for the day, lunch included. Women are invited to spend the weekend, December 16-18. $135. For information and registration contact Sr Marita, 908-353-3028;

A New Year’s Eve retreat for women is offered at St Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ, 4 PM Saturday eve until 1 PM Sunday.

Join others to begin the New Year with prayer and reflection. $60. For information and registration contact Sr Marita, 908-353-3028;

Catholic Cruises thru Feb 2017

Remember we have a Priest on board every Holland America Sailing. Call us at 860-399-1785 to help us make your religious journey special

October 3 – October 15, 2016 (12 Nights) Fatima, Lourdes and Shrines of Spain with Father John Nowak. Prices starting at $1559 per person based on double occupancy.

October 20 – October 31, 2016 (11 Nights) Journey through the Holy Land and Jordan with Father John Jamnicky. Prices starting at $2259 per person based on double occupancy.

November 5, 2016 – November 12, 2016 (7 Nights) on Holland America’s Westerdam (Mexican Riveria). Departing from San Diego, California. Prices starting at $1608 for two passengers.

November 9, 2016 – November 13, 2016 (4 Nights) on Holland America’s NEW Koningsdam (Bahamas). Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prices Starting at $1077 for two passengers.

November 13, 2016 – November 23, 2016 (10 Nights) on Holland America’s (NEWEST SHIP) Koningsdam (Southern Caribbean Seafarer). Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prices starting at $2264 for two passengers.

November 18, 2016 – November 25, 2016 (7 Nights) on Holland America’s Oosterdam (Western Caribbean). Departing from Tampa, Florida. Prices starting at $1680 for two passengers.

November 25th, 2016 – December 9th, 2016 (14 Nights) on Holland America’s Oosterdam (Eastern Caribbean). Departing from Tampa, Florida. Prices starting at $3419 for two passengers.

November 26th, 2016 – December 3rd, 2016 (7 Nights) on Holland America’s Eurodam (Eastern Caribbean). Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prices starting at $1582 for two passengers

December 3rd, 2016 – December 10th, 2016 (7 Nights) on Holland America’a Eurodam (Western Caribbean). Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prices starting at $1565 for two passengers.

December 17, 2016 – December 24, 2016 (7 Nights) on Holland America’s Westerdam (Mexican Riviera). Departing from San Diego, California. Prices starting at $1684 for two passengers.

January 7, 2017 – January 14th, 2017 (7 NIghts) on Holland America’a Eurodam (Eastern Caribbean). Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prices starting at $1477 for two passengers.

February 17th, 2017 – February 24th, 2017 (7 Nights) on Holland America’s Oosterdam (Western Caribbean). Departing from Tampa, Florida. Prices starting at $1845 for two passengers.

Catholic Cruises and Tours 41 Vernon Road East Hartford, CT 06413

Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors

The Pastoral Care Department of Hackensack University Medical Center is in great need of Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors to bring Holy Communion and visit our patients. If you feel called to this wonderful ministry, to bring Jesus and your own presence into the rooms of the sick, please contact Rev. David Armstrong – Director, Pastoral Care, Hackensack University Medical Center, 30 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601 – 551-996-2345.

Life Source Hospice Seeks Volunteers

Life Source Hospice is seeking volunteers to be part of our elderly patients’ end-of-life care. Volunteers serve as friendly bedside visitors to patients throughout Bergen County and provide them with much appreciated companionship by sitting, listening and praying with them. Volunteers also provide support to family members.

Volunteers determine their own schedules and can visit on evenings and weekends. Most volunteers donate 2 hours a week of their time for a minimum of one year. Volunteers receive ongoing hospice training and support by experienced hospice professionals. For more information, please contact Life Source Hospice at #201-967-4313 or

Birthright: Help for New Moms Needed

Birthright of Bergen County, a crisis pregnancy center dedicated to encouraging and helping women choose life for their babies, is in need of volunteers to share their time and love for God’s miracle of life. Birthright provides community resources, clothes, diapers and financial help to women. Volunteers are needed in the office at 19 W Pleasant Ave, Maywood to greet, help and support mothers-to-be that come in or call in. If you have time and would like to volunteer, please call Mary Pat or Barbara at 201-845-4646.

Catholic Chaplaincy Volunteers Needed

The Catholic Chaplaincy at Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, needs volunteers to: transport long-term residents to and from hospital Masses, to be friendly visitors to those confined to bed or wheelchairs, and to set up and take down altar items for hospital Masses on Saturdays (3:30 PM) and Sundays (11:15 AM). If you are 18 years of age or older and wish to volunteer, please contact Fr. Edito Gamallo at 201-414-0522 or Fr. John Quill at 201-421-0009 for more information. God will reward you for your kindness.

St. Peter Academy News

Adopt a Student Fund

Give the Gift of a Catholic Education

A Catholic education is a powerful tool for any child’s future, but for some children it is not financially within reach of their family. This is where the parishioners of St. Peter’s Church can give the opportunity of Catholic schooling to a child at St. Peter Academy by making a donation to our school’s Adopt-a-Student Fund. Any donation, big or small, can make a tremendous difference in a child’s life. Please make checks out to St. Peter Academy – Adopt a Student Fund and mail to the school at 431 Fifth Avenue, River Edge, NJ 07661.


SCRIP Easy Fundraising

Just a reminder:  we are still selling Scrip gift cards in the gathering space after many masses with all proceeds going to St Peter Academy. A list of card and denominations is available at the Scrip table in the gathering space. Any cards we do not have we will be happy to order for you. 

For any questions you can reach out Scrip coordinator at

Senior Residence